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Scotts Valley

Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 12:15 PM
Scotts Valley Hilton Hotel
6001 La Madrona Drive
Scotts Valley, CA  95060
United States
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Felicita "Cita" Rasul, Recruitment and Outreach Program Director at CASA(Court Appointed Special children Advocates) makes a great presentation at Rotary! 
CASA is looking for a few Bilingual (English-Spanish) good people to get training and volunteer to be Court Appointed Special Advocates for children in foster care homes from birth to 21.
Rotarians at work! Ron Sekkel, Bill Holl, Patrizia Materassi, Cindy Schuette, Randy Klein and Bill Schuette in the back of picture.
Kim Shultz, Patrizia Materassi, Kelly Ann and John Hale, Ben Hicks, and Bill Holl— water melons were cold, sweet and juicy! Company a pleasure to work with!
Cynthia Sekkel and Kelly Ann Morgan. Kelly all the way from Florida helping at the booth!

Human Race cheerleader/MC-Sunrise Rotarian Rod Caborn with Scott's Valley Rotarian-walker, Cindy Schuette shown here after the annual Human Race Walk. Cindy thanks the Scott's Valley Rotarians for their donations for the Tourette Association of America** and Volunteer Center being a Champion Team.  Cindy thanks you for your ongoing support.  

** The Tourette Association of  America ( Previously known as Tourette Syndrome Association of America) funds are used for education, awareness and advocacy.

Janet Janssen presented at the Rotary “On the Hood of the 1964 Thunderbird”- looking back at a funny event in her adolescence that generated resentment but also helped build character! She has a new book.
It turned out to be a well attended wonderful event! It all started outside with the sound of the Sada Springs Jug Band under the Redwoods and continued for almost 2 hours of beautiful singing of Lacy J. Dalton and her musicians!
Our President Bill Holl and his wife Gine
Patrizia Materassi at the Plastic Pollution in the World’s Oceans display
Tanya Krause, Superintendent of the Scotts Valley School District (SVUSD), and Derek Timm, President of the SV Education Foundation made a presentation on a parcel tax being considered by the Board. 
Tanya stated the District receives minimal funding from the State as it designated rural and is located in an affluent area; however, State requirements and mandates are the same as for the schools which receive a lot more funding, thus creating a difficult financial situation ‘a head if not prevented. 

She explained the details of this old money-allocation-model based on tax assessments when properties are turned over. But apparently only approx. 20% of the 750 parcels turn over on a yearly basis.
Derek is the SV Chamber of Commerce Man of The Year. He wears lots of hats in service to the people of Scotts Valley. He is currently the President of the Scotts Valley Education Foundation, which has had a major role in helping to fund various schools activities.  Tanya and Derek shared info about the District and about the Parcel Tax being considered to help keep the District afloat in the coming years. 
The proposed parcel tax will not be used to pay for teacher pensions nor salaries.  We are one of the safest school districts in the nation said Derek, and have high tests score, but we are still in need of basic funding. The Touch a Truck, Facebook Matching Funds, Friday Night Food Trucks and many other fund raising activities raise good moneys but are not sufficient; and we are maxed out in these voluntary donations.
If you would like more information and see how a parcel tax may go hand-in-hand with property values and benefits to our community visit SOSSV.net
Scotts Valley Rotary Sustainability Committee sponsors the Marine Debris Ocean Stewardship Program.  This was the second field trip for students from Scotts Valley High School to Davenport Beach, on March 29, 2018. . 
A portion of the grant funds are allocated to reduce plastic pollution in the ocean starting on the campus. The GreenTeam at the High School leaded by Mark Andrews, Environmental Studies Teacher, have built and are enhancing a sustainable organic garden! Learning to drain only clean water into the watershed going to the ocean.
All together 150 High School students participated in this “marine debris survey.”  Many youngsters camp at this beach overnight and although many pack their trash, few take it up the steep cliff to be disposed off. Looking at these pictures you can see in about an hour the students collected enough trash (already bagged and hand picked)to fill up almost 3 big containers up at the parking lot.
The plastic and other trash was logged in worksheets. The students later in class input the info into the NOAA Marine Debris National Data Base. Really a great data to help ocean policy development.
This is a hands-on experience that hopefully will teach students to refuse single-use disposable plastic, and protect the health and integrity of the ocean ecosystem.
Celebrating the brightest and most community involved students at the Scotts Valley High School-
Student Recognition and Rotary of Scotts Valley Scholarship Awards.
Chief Kovacs has 36 years in the fire service, starting in 1981 with the Ebbetts Pass Fire Department where he worked 31 years! He also worked in the Murphy Fire Protection District and became a Chief. Now is is our Fire Chief. 

He stated that we know the big weather events are coming and about when they come so we prepare for it. “Significant weather events raise risk of major forest fires” so we join forces with Fire🔥 Fighters all over the State and send many engines where we can estimate or where we know there will be a significant weather event. We need to concentrate our resources to save people and animals, so some time that is why you see big fires stay on. 

We can mobilize many engines in short time but our automation dispatch centers are lagging behind. We need support for more funding for California fire 🔥prevention and safety.
Margaret Bruce, Board Member at the San Lorenzo Valley Water District.  Margaret stated that many of the Main Water Lines are only 2 inches in diameter and used to be adequate for the original vacation cottages, but are no longer adequate to protect the urban areas and much less hold back a potential wall of fire from huge forest in our area.
Brian Lee, General Manager, said replacement of water lines infrastructure is an on- going task in this field. The plans are to replace the 2-inch lines with 6-inch lines. And while the State is working on a sustainable water plan for California we are self sufficient. Although we participate as needed.
Sergio Faleta from Spain, made a good speech for us sharing his achievements, his native country, and how thankful he is for the opportunity.  Here with his American parents from the Rotary Club of Pleasanton, Bill Holl our Club President, and the Rotary Exchange Program Representative/Coordinator Darlene De La Cerna.
Rayne works for the County Administrative Officer. She works with all of the government and private non-profit agencies that provide services for the unhoused population in our County.
She provided insight into the Homeless population— 25% are youth, many become homeless after leaving from foster homes; 25% families who lost a job or their home; 25% previously working adults in the same situation; and only 25% are the Homeless who you and me see on the streets! Providing housing and a job to the homeless is fundamental, but emergency/and basic services are the first step to have access to them and help them to stabilize and be able to return to normal life. Incredible information that all of us should have to reduce the stigma of homelessness.

Here a link to a homeless service center in Santa Cruz:

“Besides helping people find and retain housing, low-barrier services (e.g., showers, bathrooms, meals, laundry, and first aid) provided at homeless center every day have major impact”....
Laurel presented about the College programs and plans for the future. From incredible Performing Arts to 3D printing and manufacturing classes, to agriculture classes and Farmers Market, now the College is entering a new era where students paths will be more focus and supported by a special program. To learn details visit: 
Lynn Robinson, Executive Director of Valley Churches United presented about the great works of the organization: “A donor-supported, volunteer-powered nonprofit organization serving low-income households in San Lorenzo Valley, Scotts Valley and Boony Doon."
You can participate in the Valley Christmas Project by donating cash, filling up a stocking for a child; adopting a family; volunteering, and/or buying at their Gift Shop!! (Open from Nov 1st through Noon Christmas Eve during the week from 10:00 AM - 5PM and on weekends from 11:00AM -4:00PM.
Please welcome Angela Marshall.  Angela is the Office Manager at the Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce.  Danny Reber is her sponsor.
Dear Scotts Valley Rotary Club,
I am having a wonderful first year experience in college at Cal Poly.  I have learned so much just in a matter of weeks and am already looking into studying abroad and summer internships. Classes have been
moderately difficult, but I am pushing through it with the help of friends and mentors.  I wanted to thank you again so much for helping to support me financially in my college experience, I could not be more grateful. I hope that everything is going great for you all in Scotts Valley, I sure do miss home!
Shauna Sweeney

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